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Anemonenfisch in Anemone

German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

Who is finding Nemo in the MEERESMUSEUM?

Where is Nemo? This is probably the third-most frequent question – only surpassed by questions about sharks and sea turtles – when the youngest visitors come to the MEERESMUSEUM. In fact, the little fish with the orange and white striped dress code is called the Orange striped anemone fish – also known as a Clown fish.

In 2003, the animated film "Finding Nemo" excited the world's large and small theatre fans. The film's hero Nemo – a clown fish – took the hearts of the audience by storm. The stripes helped him to achieve unprecedented popularity almost overnight. Since then, Nemo has become a synonym for this bustling inhabitant of the seas, especially in common parlance.

You can find Nemo and his friends in two tanks at the MEERESMUSEUM in Stralsund. In Aquarium No. 29 the older examples make their rounds, while juveniles hatched in 2005 are at home in Aquarium No. 32.

The small Nemos feel most comfortable along reef edges, in sandy reefs or protected lagoons. Plankton organisms and crabs are among their favourite food.

Typical for Anemone fish is the symbiosis with the Anemone – a Cnidarian. In this particular life partnership there is mutual dependence, but also mutual benefit, so it's fair to say that one cannot live without the other. The anemones protect the anemone fish from predators and the anemone fish again provide protection to the anemones from predators. So, this is far from being a one-sided "relationship".

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  • Title: Anemonenfisch in Anemone
  • Location: Deutsches Meeresmuseum, Stiftung Deutsches Meeresmuseum
  • Rights: photo: Johannes-Maria Schlorke


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